It seems that the UK is the destination of choice for EU citizens seeking to better themselves. This disproportionate influx of people has been cited as the reason that people in the UK voted for Brexit, though let’s be clear, of the total UK electorate able to vote, only 37.44% actually voted to do so; hardly a compelling majority despite what the Tory press may say. Now it may be that the availability of work might be a compelling reason to enter the country, but I have to ask, is it only about being pulled to the UK? What about the push exerted when EU countries fail to engage with their younger workers effectively forcing them out of their homeland?
There can be little doubt that, despite everything, Britain is a land of business freedom in sharp contrast to most of the EU. Starting a business is quick, easy and low cost. For just over €40, an individual can register a company on line and start working. It is not until the revenue exceeds €100,000 that it is necessary to register for VAT, though it is possible to do so voluntarily at a much lower amount. The regulations for all of this are available on the internet in a form which is quite easy to understand. This is really not the case for much of Europe where costs are seriously higher and require the assistance of an expensive consultant. And the UK system works. It is no good to say that the system in Hungary, Belgium or Germany is better even if it is more expensive. The UK system works perfectly, costs little and does the job.
If that is a pull factor, what is pushing people from home. Let’s turn to Poland, where women have recently been campaigning against an attempt to make all cases of miscarriage/abortion illegal and subject to a five-year term in prison. That this is almost unimaginable in 21st century Europe is clear. That it is proposed is, to my mind, a perfect reason to get out of the country. Is it any wonder that the population is falling or that Polish is now the largest minority language spoken in Britain? Similarly in Hungary, a rather xenophobic country controlled be a right wing “would be” dictator. What bright young person there would not like to spread their wings and experience life under a more liberal regime? Clearly the blight of post war subjugation under Russia has placed a heavy burden on the Eastern countries. With a 40 year deficit in infrastructure improvement and generations conditioned by repressive authoritarian regimes which have been replaced by corrupt ones, it is clear that the brightest and the best would want to try the West in general and the UK in particular, since it is the home of the world’s language business. With a little English it is possible to achieve a lot, which is not really the case for any other European language. And once in the UK, the average immigrant finds that getting better in English is really not that difficult. Again a big pull factor. That even 37.44% of the UK electorate voted to leave the EU still shocks me. But perhaps it shouldn’t. The world and its organisation is complex and hard even for experts to understand. That the average citizen fails to do so can hardly be a surprise, after all, the average IQ is 100. It is really not very bright. Maybe the UK needs the bright young ones from the EU. Their loss could certainly be its gain.